August 10, 2016

An Angela Davis Biopic Is Officially Being Developed

Written by Mike Orie of

Late yesterday evening, we learned of news that an Angela Davis biopic has officially been approved and is in the works. According to Variety, Codeblack Films has acquired the movie rights to “Angela Davis: An Autobiography” with plans to develop and produce an authorized Angela Davis biopic film.

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Although still untitled, the film will be produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, most notable for her work on "Dope" and "Fruitvale Station." Jeff Clanagan, CEO of Codeblack Enterprises along with Sidra Smith, a producer on the 2012 documentary "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" are also expected to serve as producers on the upcoming biopic. Davis will serve as executive producer alongside her niece, Eisa Davis, who won a Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play "Bulrusher."

Angela Davis, 72, is an activist, scholar and writer. A former professor at UCLA, Davis was fired unjustly by the school's administration because of her association with communism, according to Biography. For decades, Davis has become best known for her work as a radical African-American educator and activist for civil rights, among other social issues. 

Codeblack Films, now a division of Lionsgate, was launched in 2012 with the goal "to serve the global black community through a diversified content portfolio targeted to the underserved African-American consumer." 

Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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